In December of last year various motherboard manufactures like ASRock, MSI, Biostar, ASUS and Gigabyte announced that have found ways to enable base-clock overclocking on locked Skylake CPUs. By doing this people who updated their bios on those manufactures motherboards could changing their bclock setting. Effectively changing the base clock which normally isn't possible.
As an Intel spokesman told PCWorld “Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” “The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications.”
This feature allowed people to overclock processors like the INTEL i5 6400 over %60. This provides a massive boost in performance per dollar. With this feature it would remove the need to purchase a K type processor. Which is not appealing to INTEL because it will cause a loss of revenue. But INTEL is starting to send out their own updates to patch out this bug. Gigabyte started pushing bios updates to remove the feature, but INTEL wants to move things ahead.
So say goodbye to ASRock’s, MSI’s, ASUS’s, and Gigabyte’s heavily promoted and branded feature SKY OC and Biostar’s Hyper OC. And say hello to paying full price for K branded processors again.